Mrs. Jones loves her older dog Fido.
Fido, a 13 years young male lab, has been and still is an important family member.
Whether playing ball with the kids, barking at a stranger walking down the street, or just resting on the couch, Fido has always been the same – a happy, healthy, vibrant dog.
Now, something is different.
The dog who once romped, played and jumped like a puppy now limps, lays around and acts like an old man.
Some days you have to steady and balance his rear end so he can walk across the slippery wood floors and other days you have to lift him up to just get in the car.
Fido’s life has changed – not for the better, but for the worse!
Fido doesn’t complain about his situation. He wants to, but he can’t.
But, dogs tell you a lot about how they feel through the way they act.
You Can Recognize Your Dog’s Pain
Some signs of arthritis pain in dogs include:
- Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or play
- Difficulty getting up
- Yelping or whimpering
- Personality changes, withdrawal
- Soreness when touched
- Lagging behind on walks
- Decreased mobility
- Aggressive behavior
If your dog is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, a trip to your veterinarian might be a good idea.
Equip Yourself, Then Help Your Dog
Facts about dog arthritis:
- Arthritis is #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs
- Arthritis affects 20% of dogs over 1 year of age
- Arthritis affects both quality and length of life
- At least 31% of dog owners say bone and joint problems are an issue for their pet
- Arthritis is in the “Top 10” veterinary diagnoses for dogs over 7 years old
Arthritis pain not only affects people, but it also takes an unbelievable, often unrecognized toll on our beloved furry friends as well.